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Dial This Number to Hear a Singing Librarian

Libraries are hubs for their communities—while most libraries have had to close to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, many are working hard to keep people connected while maintaining social distancing. Park Ridge Public Library (PRPL) in Illinois has found a creative way to engage and entertain locals: the Library Line, a phone number anyone …

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The Library of Congress Commissions Original Music Inspired by COVID-19

Amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Library of Congress (LOC) has launched the Boccaccio Project, a series of original musical compositions inspired by coronavirus. The project was inspired by 14th-century writer Giovanni Boccaccio and his famed work The Decameron. In the book, 10 Italians take shelter from the Black Death …

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Celebrate Top Book Awards on June 28

Many of the nation’s most prestigious honors for literature are administered by librarians—including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards. For the first time ever, readers everywhere can cheer on the winners of 12 librarian-selected awards by tuning into the American Library Association’s …

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“Artemis Fowl” Star Josh Gad Highlights the Magic of Libraries

In a new PSA video for the American Library Association, actor Josh Gad shares how libraries are places of discovery and imagination. While many libraries are closed to the public due to the pandemic, they’re still offering free access to countless digital resources online. “Like my new movie Artemis Fowl, libraries take us on journeys …

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Your Pandemic Journal Entries and Photos Could Help Historians Understand COVID-19

We’re living through historic times—and libraries are working to make sure stories of life during the pandemic are collected and preserved for future generations. Through oral history and archive projects, librarians are encouraging community members to contribute text, images, and other mementos to serve as a collective record of COVID-19. At Los Angeles Public Library …

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9 People You Might Not Know Were Librarians

For centuries, librarians have served as keepers of knowledge, helping people access the information they need to learn and create. Some of history’s greatest thinkers also served as librarians themselves, from award-winning authors to the inventor of calculus. Here are a few famous people you might not know were librarians: Audre Lorde The legendary poet, …

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How Libraries Are Keeping Their Communities Strong During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for Americans of all walks of life. Nearly all of the nation’s libraries have had to close their doors to the public, but library staff have still been hard at work to support their communities while maintaining social distancing. From expanding existing remote services to developing innovative new …

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Amid Pandemic, People Turn to Librarians for Answers

The coronavirus crisis has caused most libraries to close their doors to the public, but librarians have continued to serve their communities while maintaining social distancing. In addition to hosting virtual programs and sharing free digital resources, many libraries are offering extensive remote reference services, providing on-one-one assistance to information seekers in their areas. People …

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Virtual Library Programs Abound During Pandemic

Libraries offer far more than just free access to books—they also host entertaining and informative programs for people of all ages. While the COVID-19 crisis has prevented libraries from hosting events in-person, they’ve transitioned to offering a diverse array of online activities for their communities to enjoy. For those who have been missing plays and …

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StoryCorps Partners with Libraries to Keep Communities Connected

With millions of people social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of us are experiencing loneliness and isolation. That’s why the American Library Associations is partnering with StoryCorps—the award-winning nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing interviews between Americans and their loved ones—to launch StoryCorps Connect, an interactive platform for recording stories remotely.  …

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